This Week in Statehouse Action: Hurricane You Dig It edition

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Marginal Save


Meaning: relating to or at an edge or boundary; minimal


Sentences:
If its discovered that someone hid hot money - so there was no tax paid - the entire amount becomes subject to income tax at the marginal rate. Those figures showed a very marginal lead as you note and we can take that back.


Synonyms:
slight, small, tiny, minute, low,


Antonyms:
vast, gross,


Thwart Save


Meaning: hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of


Sentences:
Thirteen oarsmen and a captain form the crew of the fixed-thwart rowing boats that participate in the competitions. Braced against the thwart, I hang my paddle far over the left gunwale and suck the stern toward it, and the edge of the table rock whisks by our port side.


Synonyms:
foil, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of, forestall,


Antonyms:
assist, facilitate,


Educe Save


Meaning: bring out or develop (something latent or potential)


Behooves Save


Meaning: be appropriate or necessary


Resurgent Save


Meaning: rising again as to new life and vigor


Sentences:
The change spread especially quickly in the affluent 1920s and in the era of resurgent prosperity during and after the Second World War, when the lingering specter of the Great Depression was banished once and for all. The reason for this is that the Sain label had the didactic purpose of supporting the then resurgent Welsh nationalism by releasing records entirely in the Welsh language.


Defection Save


Meaning: the desertion of one's country or cause in favour of an opposing one


Sentences:
A single additional defection could mean losing a vote of no confidence, leading to early elections. The costs of defection, for its weaker participants, would assuredly be higher than are the costs of continued compliance.


Synonyms:
desertion, absconding, decamping, flight,


Involved Save


Meaning: connect closely and often incriminatingly


Delegate Save


Meaning: give an assignment to (a person)


Sentences:
Members will also be receiving a model resolution calling on union branches to support the conference and send delegates. First, about 27 districts sent two delegates (double representation) to this congress.


Synonyms:
representative, envoy, emissary, commissioner, agent,


Incumbent Save


Meaning: necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility


Sentences:
I am not being judgmental or unwelcoming, but I feel that it is incumbent upon me to inform you that I am unaware of the existence of any private pictures about those gentlemen. It is very much incumbent on those who are responsible for the detention to bring forward relevant information.


Synonyms:
binding, obligatory, mandatory, necessary, compulsory,


Antonyms:
optional, past, future,


Exacting Save


Meaning: requiring and demanding accuracy


Sentences:
His exacting personal standards, morose private nature and unapologetic misogyny often gave him a truculent, dyspeptic appearance which was well deserved. Although he had a lifelong interest in philosophy, his exacting personal standards permitted only a few published articles in our field.


Synonyms:
demanding, hard, tough, stringent, testing,


Antonyms:
easy, easy-going,


Partisan Save


Meaning: committed to a party; biased or prejudiced; supporter; adherent noun


Sentences:
Lithuania put up the strongest struggle, with partisans holding out until 1953. Only when the occupying troops proved more vicious than the partisans did rural communities support the resistance.


Synonyms:
supporter, follower, adherent, devotee, champion,


Antonyms:
impartial, unbiased,


Erudite Save


Meaning: very learned; scholarly


Sentences:
He is erudite, he is intelligent, and he is totally wrong when he comes to interpreting this legislation. We are a highly sophisticated and erudite population and we just seem to take everything on the chin.


Synonyms:
learned, scholarly, well educated, knowledgeable, well read,


Antonyms:
ignorant, ill-educated,


Undermine Save


Meaning: to weaken (usually paired with an abstract term)


Sentences:
The disaster was caused by the total collapse of his house in the Rue d' Anjou, undermined by the excavations carried out by the bank next door for its strong room. Damage to the brain's left side often undermines language abilities.


Synonyms:
subvert, sabotage, threaten, weaken, compromise,


Antonyms:
enhance, improve, strengthen, shore up, support,


Taxing Save


Meaning: use to the limit; exhaust


Sentences:
‘Doing everything on your own had been quite taxing but without the car I would have felt quite stranded’, she says. The flight-training program that normally took three years was condensed to a physically and emotionally taxing six months.


Synonyms:
demanding, exacting, challenging, burdensome, arduous,


Antonyms:
easy, gentle,


Entity Save


Meaning: a thing with distinct and independent existence


Sentences:
The two stories are very different entities, and really they feed into each other. In any relation, one of the related entities is singled out as the primary focus of attention.


Synonyms:
being, body, creature, individual, organism,


Antonyms:
nonentity, non-existence,


Gerrymander Save


Meaning: to manipulate voting districts in order to favor a particular political party


Sentences:
Republicans dominate the Ohio legislature thanks to a heavily gerrymandered crazy quilt of rigged districts, and to a moribund Ohio Democratic party. Texas political operatives pointed out that five Democratic representatives are fighting for their lives in new districts gerrymandered by the GOP.


Retiring Save


Meaning: to be shy, and to be inclined to retract from company


Sentences:
Mrs. Feeney must have been in a lot of pain for she was normally a retiring woman noted for her kindnesses. A retiring disposition prevented him taking a prominent political role, but he is a good example of a late Victorian nobleman dedicated to university and municipal matters.


Synonyms:
departing, outgoing, shy, diffident, bashful,


Antonyms:
incoming, bold, outgoing,


Caucus Save


Meaning: (in some US states) a meeting at which local members of a political party register their preference among candidates running for office or select delegates to attend a convention


Sentences:
The initial plan was for regional caucuses to select a transitional assembly by the end of May. The party's headquarters and its legislative caucus thus become ‘outsiders’ in the regime.


Synonyms:
parliamentary party, meeting, assembly, gathering, congress,


Expansive Save


Meaning: communicative, and prone to talking in a sociable manner


Sentences:
I'm a talker and an expansive extrovert, yet in my poetry, particularly my lyrical poetry, I like to have things as distilled as possible. The reason it worked as a film - even if it didn't do any business - is that the characters were always expansive.


Synonyms:
extensive, sweeping, rolling, wide-ranging, extensive,


Antonyms:
limited, restricted, uncommunicative, reserved, taciturn,


Flip Save


Meaning: sarcastic; impertinent


Sentences:
Just when Fletcher thought he had caught a big, fat juicy fish, it would give a flip of the tail and disappear into the murk. Once you've mastered standing up and carving turns, options include slalom skiing and airborne tricks, like flips.


Synonyms:
overturn, turn over, tip over, roll over, upturn,


Candidness Save


Meaning: the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech


Sentences:
The letters were greatly praised as models of politeness, for their wit, and for the candidness displayed by the authors regarding their conduct during their courtship. Such undiplomatic candidness will have caused unwanted ripples inside the Home Office.


Erudition Save


Meaning: the quality of having or showing great knowledge or learning; scholarship


Sentences:
It was an assured display of political and cultural erudition, a depth of knowledge of the past in all its social and ethical forms. Anyone wishing a general introduction to this fascinating period and one which is told with erudition and understanding should look no further.


Synonyms:
learning, scholarship, knowledge, education, culture,


Antonyms:
ignorance,


Harried Save


Meaning: troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances


Sentences:
A harried pitbull of a ticket agent posted at the door barked at him for his pass. Even if Bushnell frames parental tasks with urgency, the basic activities of parenthood are far from harried.


Synonyms:
harassed, hard-pressed, beleaguered, agitated, flustered,


Antonyms:
untroubled,


Candid Save


Meaning: a straightforward and honest look at something


Sentences:
He was one of the first photographers to take candid shots on the street, and his style has influenced generations. The viewer is left under no illusion: these are not candid shots of real people living real lives.


Synonyms:
frank, outspoken, forthright, blunt, open,


Antonyms:
secretive, guarded, insincere,


Nominal Save


Meaning: (of a price or charge) very small; far below the real value or cost. of a quantity or dimension) stated or expressed but not necessarily corresponding exactly to the real value.


Sentences:
The sacking will also dent the reputations of most of the nominal Liberal and National sitting councillors for future council or state contests. It is however a noun and ‘after’ clauses are nominal.


Synonyms:
in name only, in title only, titular, formal, official,


Antonyms:
real, considerable, substantial,


Decadence Save


Meaning: moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury


Sentences:
Nothing reveals the decadence of the regime more than the revelation that, deprived of fresh water, the inmates of the bunker were forced to wash in the champagne that their leaders had greedily stockpiled. New Orleans is - or was - a hub of cultural diversity with a touch of morbid decadence.


Synonyms:
dissipation, dissoluteness, degeneracy, debauchery, corruption,


Antonyms:
morality,


Whether or not you weathered the weather that Hurricane Isaias flung at big chunks of the eastern seaboard this week, metaphorical storms continue to rage everywhere.

Amid this, a number of states also held their primary elections.

One of those states was Arizona, which is a pretty good excuse to highlight its House and Senate in this week’s i...

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